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Brother Bill Clark is given the Orpheus Award
By Andrew Owen

A few Sinfonians after the presentation.During Delta State's 2009 Honor Band program on January 31, 2009, Brother Bill Clark (Theta Upsilon, 1972) was awarded the Orpheus Award, a very high honor in the fraternity, for having made a lasting impact on the music of America.

Brother Clark has served as a clinician for many instrumental clinics, and has greatly advanced music across the nation.  He served as Delta State University's band director from the 1970s into the mid 1980s, and now lives in Los Cruces, New Mexico, where he served as head of the New Mexico State University music department, director of NMSU bands, conductor of the Mesilla Valley Concert Band and organizer of the Las Cruces New Horizons band.  During Clark's tenure as department head, the number of music majors at NMSU more than doubled.  The DSU band in the 1970s and 1980s saw a similar growth from his dynamic leadership.

Orpheus AwardBrother Joe Raymond, Theta Upsilon president, bestowed this award to him, saying, "One of the objectives of Phi Mu Alpha is the advancement of music in America; it is something that we really strive for.  Our chapter, at the beginning of the school year, when we discovered that Dr. Clark would be the clinician this weekend, we talked about how he is a true example of the advancement of music in America, through his tenure as director of bands at Delta State, and across the country in other schools and clinics, shaping young minds and really pushing people to become great musicians.  He has really exemplified what this is.  To show our appreciation to Dr. Clark this weekend, we would like to present him and honor him with the Phi Mu Alpha Orpheus Award."

Designed as a local-level counterpart of the National Citation, the Orpheus Award was first presented in 1973 to Will B. Green by Mu Omega Chapter. Since then it has been awarded about three hundred times.

 

 

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